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BRIAN HOWEY: Doctors Brown, Bucshon become seekers

BRIAN HOWEY: Doctors Brown, Bucshon become seekers

Seated across the table from me at Cafe Patachou were Drs. Tim Brown and Larry Bucshon.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president? Stay tuned

BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president? Stay tuned

Mike Pence for president?

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Bopp’s overhaul of U.S. election finance

BRIAN HOWEY: Bopp’s overhaul of U.S. election finance

As Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in February 2011, the most conspicuous person in the wings was Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp Jr.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Modest achievements for Gov. Pence

BRIAN HOWEY: Modest achievements for Gov. Pence

We aren't quite to the halfway point of Gov. Mike Pence's term, but he's now through his second Indiana General Assembly session and last week signed into law the state's first pre-kindergarten program, cut the corporate tax and provided $200 million more in road funding.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut showtime

BRIAN HOWEY: For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut showtime

I had this really crazy idea: Instead of giving tax abatements to businesses and industry, give them to Hoosier folks who want to build a new home or remodel the one they're in, particularly with the historic low interest rates that may begin disappearing soon.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine

BRIAN HOWEY: Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine

As day slipped into night during the cruel winter of 2014, millions of Americans watched the mesmerizing closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Delph’s re-election isn't foregone conclusion

BRIAN HOWEY: Delph’s re-election isn't foregone conclusion

Mike Delph is a Republican state senator from Carmel, but he is well known to Republicans throughout the state.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Bipartisan lessons from Nunn, Lugar

BRIAN HOWEY: Bipartisan lessons from Nunn, Lugar

There will never be a movie about the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Lessons from marriage amendment debate

BRIAN HOWEY: Lessons from marriage amendment debate

The voters will not see the constitutional marriage amendment on the Indiana ballot until 2016, if ever.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pence knee deep in taxes, repeals and mud

BRIAN HOWEY: Pence knee deep in taxes, repeals and mud

If you want to go to one of the most conservative places in Indiana where Hoosier Republicanism runs deep, I would recommend Wakarusa.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Meth kids, wounded cops and feral cats

BRIAN HOWEY: Meth kids, wounded cops and feral cats

In small town and rural Indiana, you can see the gaunt, ghost people. They have rotting teeth. They drive beat up pickup trucks and old Pontiacs, sometimes with kids standing in the backseat. They can be tracked on a ritual tour of drug stores.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Tax repeals and Gov. Pence's promise

BRIAN HOWEY: Tax repeals and Gov. Pence's promise

In the past month, I feared Gov. Mike Pence and legislative Republican leaders had a rude surprise for us middle class working stiffs.

January 30, 2014 1:34 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Speaker Bosma and the second sentence

BRIAN HOWEY: Speaker Bosma and the second sentence

In the post-Mike Pence world of gubernatorial politics – either 2016 or 2020 – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is positioned as the heir apparent.

January 26, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Empathy, challenge from Gov. Pence via Mt. Baldy

BRIAN HOWEY: Empathy, challenge from Gov. Pence via Mt. Baldy

One of the most unique places in Indiana is Mount Baldy on the southern rim of Lake Michigan.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage and unintended consequences

BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage and unintended consequences

In 1988, with 20 years into the Republican gubernatorial dynasty, there stood the ideal candidate — Lt. Gov. John Mutz. He was of excellent pedigree, having served with distinction under two-term Gov. Robert Orr. He had been a successful state senator and a corporate executive.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Don’t hold your breath for Indiana pot law change

BRIAN HOWEY: Don’t hold your breath for Indiana pot law change

The legal sale of recreational marijuana began Wednesday in Colorado and will be followed later this year by Washington state, but Hoosiers shouldn't hold their breath about that happening any time soon in Indiana.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Ranking the Hoosier condition

BRIAN HOWEY: Ranking the Hoosier condition

As we pull away from 2013, what is the state of the Hoosier condition?

December 29, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: If you believe in marriage amendment, then own it

BRIAN HOWEY: If you believe in marriage amendment, then own it

"Let the people decide." We have heard this cry from Gov. Mike Pence and a number of Republican members of the Indiana General Assembly when it comes to House Joint Resolution 6 — the constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: The historic auto payoff for Hoosiers

BRIAN HOWEY: The historic auto payoff for Hoosiers

Indiana is the “Crossroads of America.” We are the second ranking automobile manufacturer in the nation.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Two political docs' diagnosis of Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Two political docs' diagnosis of Obamacare

Larry Bucshon is a heart surgeon, a Republican and a congressman. He has had employees who have reached lifetime insurance caps and ended up on Medicaid. He has seen thousands of poor Hoosiers on Medicaid denied access to health care. He paid about $40,000 a year in medical malpractice insur…

December 08, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Highways for Hoosier innovation

BRIAN HOWEY: Highways for Hoosier innovation

Drifting back in time, I can see my family loading up the Rambler for that Thanksgiving trip up to Grandma's house in Mishawaka.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs a comprehensive health strategy

BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs a comprehensive health strategy

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana needs a comprehensive, statewide health strategy.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage amendment roils Indiana GOP

BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage amendment roils Indiana GOP

With the constitutional marriage amendment looming just over the horizon, the Indiana Republican Party is hardly one happy family living in a big tent.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Shutdown wasn't going to defeat Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Shutdown wasn't going to defeat Obamacare

On the morning of Oct. 16 - with the federal government shuttered three weeks and just hours away from the first federal default in history - U.S. Sen. Dan Coats was incredulous.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Festering partisanship and sins of Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Festering partisanship and sins of Obamacare

As Obamacare careens into its second month of implementation, the one conclusion I am coming to is that we may have lost the ability to govern ourselves. My faith in government is eroding like a sand castle on a Lake Michigan dune.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Political obstacles for an unhealthy Indiana

BRIAN HOWEY: Political obstacles for an unhealthy Indiana

As the focus turns from the manufactured shutdown/default crisis in Congress to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, there is one thing Hoosiers should focus on. Indiana is not a healthy state.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Heroes, leaders through Peyton prism

BRIAN HOWEY: Heroes, leaders through Peyton prism

When I scan the Washington horizon, I see few, if any, heroes, at least in their current stations.

October 19, 2013 12:00 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Hoosier GOP members on a potential default

BRIAN HOWEY: Hoosier GOP members on a potential default

The Obamacare health exchanges got off to a disastrous start this month, plagued by systemic computer glitches. But the focus of the nation was fixated on a congressionally induced government shutdown and a potential default that could dwarf the Lehman Brothers collapse of 2008 and the Great…

October 13, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: A new level of public service for Hoosiers

BRIAN HOWEY: A new level of public service for Hoosiers

You know, I really hate the speed limit on Interstate 65, so instead of going 70 mph, I plan to go 95 mph.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare, propaganda and statesmanship

BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare, propaganda and statesmanship

What we’re seeing in Indiana and nationally is a Republican Party that doesn’t recognize it lost the crucial rubber match.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs tax abatement for home building

BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs tax abatement for home building

In the five years since the mortgage bubble burst, Wall Street went into meltdown and the taxpayers from Main Street bailed the 1 percenters out, I survey friends and family who, in 2007 were quite doing well. And today, most of them struggle.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Health care amidst amber waves of grain

BRIAN HOWEY: Health care amidst amber waves of grain

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence achieved a bureaucratic goal Tuesday when the Obama administration signed off on a one-year extension of a federal waiver for the Healthy Indiana Plan.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana’s jobs problem may be local, not state

BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana’s jobs problem may be local, not state

After 16 consecutive months of Indiana's jobless rate above the national average -- it's 8.4 percent now, compared to 7.4 for the U.S. -- the cold reality is that we have a problem with a quarter of a million Hoosiers chronically out of work.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pandora’s Box awaiting in Syria

BRIAN HOWEY: Pandora’s Box awaiting in Syria

The images we saw last week are grotesque, disturbing, heartbreaking and might be just a preview of things to come.

August 25, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: A bipartisan push toward U.S. tax reform

BRIAN HOWEY: A bipartisan push toward U.S. tax reform

The U.S. jobless rate is 7.4 percent. Here in Indiana, it stands at 8.4 percent.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare and the need for hard questions

BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare and the need for hard questions

On Aug. 24, 2001, a French stuntman named Thierry Devaux tried to bungee jump from Lady Liberty's torch in the New York Harbor. He ended up dangling on his parasail from her wrist.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: The hollow facade of Tony Bennett

BRIAN HOWEY: The hollow facade of Tony Bennett

NASHVILLE, Ind. | There was a basketball gym-style scoreboard outside of then Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett's Statehouse office in July 2009. A clock ticked off the time remaining in his term. The score showed Indiana's high school graduation rate at 77.8 percent.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am

BRIAN HOWEY: Government emails, John Gregg and me

There’s been an interesting sideshow these past couple of weeks consisting of emails from former Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and his then-chief of staff Todd Huston about whether the writings of Professor Howard Zinn should be exposed and taug…

July 28, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: New congressional districts change rhetoric, behavior

BRIAN HOWEY: New congressional districts change rhetoric, behavior

U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski and Marlin Stutzman are Republican conservatives in neighboring northern Indiana congressional districts. They have an ardent Tea Party base and strong cred with social conservatives.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am
HOWEY: Coats skeptical Obamacare can be repealed

HOWEY: Coats skeptical Obamacare can be repealed

There is no question about it. Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats is an ardent proponent for the repeal of Obamacare.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: What is the cost of controversy?

BRIAN HOWEY: What is the cost of controversy?

What is the cost of controversy to you, the taxpayer?

July 07, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: A marriage fight brews again

BRIAN HOWEY: A marriage fight brews again

At Indiana’s signature annual event — the Indianapolis 500 — where we present ourselves to a worldwide audience, the actor Jim Nabors sings the words that are so dear to many of us: “Back home again, in Indiana ...”

June 30, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: The nexus of military assault, suicide

BRIAN HOWEY: The nexus of military assault, suicide

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are either over or winding down, but the specters of death and justice have taken a disturbing new tandem twist this year with the issues of U.S. military suicides and sexual assaults within the ranks.

June 23, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Who’s caring for Hoosier kids outside womb?

BRIAN HOWEY: Who’s caring for Hoosier kids outside womb?

Let's talk about Hoosier children.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Turn Obamacare hysteria into ‘tweak and adapt’

BRIAN HOWEY: Turn Obamacare hysteria into ‘tweak and adapt’

When times change, Americans adapt.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Republicans in time warp on Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Republicans in time warp on Obamacare

If you’re a Democrat, you’re looking over your shoulder heading into the 2014 Affordable Care Act installation (and mid-term elections) and pointing out that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered, there no longer will be annual limits for coverage received, and that college kid…

June 02, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Scandal, corruption in Indiana

BRIAN HOWEY: Scandal, corruption in Indiana

A former Elkhart Truth colleague of mine – the grizzled police reporter David Schreiber – used to say that you could sum up 90 percent of crime in four categories: Greed and gross greed; stupidity and gross stupidity.

May 26, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Buck stops squarely in Oval Office

BRIAN HOWEY: Buck stops squarely in Oval Office

Mr. President, the buck stops with you.

May 19, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Shrewd Doc Bowen on health insurance

BRIAN HOWEY: Shrewd Doc Bowen on health insurance

Perhaps the most inspiring part of Otis Bowen’s legacy is that between 1946 and 1972 he delivered 3,000 Hoosier babies when he was the small town family physician in Bremen. The future Indiana governor would say that having his hands on so many emerging lives taught him “how to approach emer…

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Tax cuts amid 8.7% jobless rate

BRIAN HOWEY: Tax cuts amid 8.7% jobless rate

Other issues had potentially greater financial impact or will leave a more resolute imprint on people’s lives, such as Medicaid expansion and Common Core education standards.

May 05, 2013 12:00 am
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